Mayor Reed and EY Kick Off 28th Annual Entrepreneur Of The Year® Program

Past award recipients, award sponsors and business leaders celebrate search for business innovators in Northern California

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--The Honorable Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose, and Councilmember Sam Liccardo teamed with Kailesh Karavadra, Managing Principal of Ernst & Young LLP’s San Jose office, and Ernst & Young LLP partner Ernie Cortes to kick off the top business awards program in the country -- the 28th Annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards -- in its search for the top entrepreneurs in Northern California. Past award recipients, future nominees, program sponsors, and other business leaders joined Mayor Reed, Councilmember Liccardo and EY professionals for the 2014 kickoff in the San Jose City Hall Rotunda.

“For decades, San Jose and Silicon Valley have been a driving force in the global economy, and the innovations that are developed here continue to change the world. The Entrepreneur Of The Year program celebrates and encourages the creativity that is critical for the long-term success of our region,” said Mayor Chuck Reed.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) celebrates game-changing leaders around the world who founded, strengthened or transformed successful enterprises. The regional award recognizes entrepreneurs who stimulate the economy by creating high-growth businesses and jobs in Northern California. In 2013, Northern California semi-finalists generated $6 billion in revenue and produced more than 23,000 jobs.

Each year, EY showcases successful entrepreneurs from more than 145 cities in 60 countries. Past winners include: Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn Corporation), Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Google, Inc), Nick Woodman (GoPro), Lisa Im (Performant Financial), and Hamid Moghadam (Prologis).

The regional award winners will be announced on June 10th, 2014. To qualify, entrepreneurs must be the founder or an executive who organizes, manages and assumes the “educated” risks of a business or enterprise in the company’s life or development and are active in the leadership of the company. The deadline for 2014 nominations is March 14th.

“EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is not just an awards program, it is an ongoing network of top leaders,” said Ernie Cortes, Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for Ernst & Young LLP in Northern California. “Once you compete, you’re part of an elite group that helps get business done as investors, employees and customers take notice. We look forward to helping the most innovative leaders push the envelope even more in 2014.”


Founded and produced in the US by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP Americas and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In Northern California, regional sponsors include: The Big Picture; SmartBusiness, Littler, RoseRyan and Scherzer International.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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Release Summary

The Honorable Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose, and Councilmember Sam Liccardo teamed with Ernst & Young LLP’s San Jose office to kick off the 28th Annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards.


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Linda Whalen